French watchdog outlines plans for 4K UHD TV DTT platform

French media regulator the CSA has outlined plans to develop a new digital-terrestrial multiplex that will facilitate the launch of 4K UHD TV channels and other new services. The new multiplex will serve as an experimental platform for DTT broadcasters and will serve as a showcase for UHD TV services, according to the CSA. The […]

France Télévisions piloting targeted advertising on DTT platform

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has teamed up with transmission services provider TDF to test responses to addressable advertising in the Le Mans area on digital-terrestrial TV. Two of the pubcaster’s channels – flagship service France 2 and France 4 – will be able to offer advertising that is targeted at a geographic level. The […]

African pay TV subscriber numbers to grow 74% by 2023

The number of pay TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa is due to increase by 74% between 2017 and 2023 to reach 40.89 million, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that over the same period Sub-Saharan pay TV revenue will climb by 41% to US$6.64 billion, with subscriber growth outstripping revenue as […]

Finland’s terrestrial TV to go all-HD in 2020

TV operators in the Finnish terrestrial broadcasting network have agreed to move entirely to HD and cease using the SD format from March 31, 2020. Transmission company Digita said that the operators have agreed that free-to-air channels will all simultaneously adopt the DVB-T2 broadcasting technology that enables high definition. Digita said it has already completed […]

France’s NRJ looking to sell Towercast transmission outfit

French radio and TV group NRJ is planning to sell its transmission arm, Towercast, and aims to raise over €300 million from the sale, according to local reports. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the sale of the transmission towers outfit will be launched imminently. According to the paper, NRJ Group founder and CEO Jean-Paul Baudecroux […]

Molotov to launch hybrid offering on Samsung TV

French OTT TV platform Molotov is to become available on Samsung smart TVs. Samsung owners will be able to access the service from the fourth quarter of this year. The integration of Molotov will enable viewers with Samsung smart TVs to view live over-the-air TV programmes as well as OTT services via the Molotov app […]

Pay TV numbers rise in Kenya as DTT FTA boxes decline

Digital-terrestrial pay TV subscriptions are rising significantly in Kenya, while the number of free-to-air channels is declining, according to statistics published by the country’s Communications Authority. The number of pay TV subscribers in the market rose from 3.534 million to 3.743 million in the quarter to March, according to the government’s research, while the number […]

Freeview Play now on over half of smart HD TV sales

TVs with Freeview Play now account for over half of all smart HD TV sales in the UK, according to the free-to-view digital-terrestrial platform. According to Freeview, 55% of smart HD TVs sold in June were Freeview Play-enabled, up 20 percentage points since January. The DTT platform’s on-demand service is available on over 20 brands […]

French watchdog mulls new DTT multiplex for UHD TV services

France’s media regulator the CSA has opened a public consultation on the future of the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform, introducing the idea of launching a new multi-city multiplex that could be used to launch UHD services. To improve quality and make space for new services including UHD, the consultation will also consider the possibility of […]

Burkina Faso taps Eutelsat for digital TV rollout

Société Burkinabè de Télédiffusion (SBT), the public agency deploying digital terrestrial channels across Burkina Faso, has agreed a deal with Eutelsat. The multi-year satellite capacity agreement will help accelerate analogue switch-off in Burkina Faso, with capacity leased on Eutelsat 3B already delivering some 20 channels to 35 digital terrestrial transmitting towers in the country. SBT […]